2017 State Councils Annual Conference in Seattle to Explore “Golden Opportunities”

​Taking a cue from the four priority areas established for State Councils by the CIC Board of Directors in 2016, the CIC State Councils 2017 Annual Conference will explore the “Golden Opportunities” inherent in strengthened advocacy, collaboration, corporate relationships, and fundraising for State Councils and their member institutions. The two-day program will take place April 30–May 2 at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Seattle, Washington. The conference will bring leaders of state associations together with leaders in philanthropy, innovation in higher education, workforce development, public relations, and research, while also providing opportunities for networking and learning about recent success among states.

“When the CIC Board of Directors established the four priority areas for the State Councils, they provided a roadmap for pursuing new opportunities,” said Carol Schuler, CIC vice president for State Council Programs. “All four areas hold tremendous promise for the State Councils, and CIC is providing direct grant support to help states achieve their own related goals. The conference program incorporates ideas from the State Councils Advisory Committee as well as from state executives visited in recent months.”

Key speakers will include:

Michael Collins, director of endowments and foundations, TIAA
Regina Hartley, human resources director, UPS Information Services;
Jon McGee, author, Educationomics: Navigating in the New Marketplace for Higher Education;
Steve Moore, executive director, Murdock Charitable Trust;
James Plourde, vice president, the Collins Group, a division of Campbell & Company;
Julia Weede, executive vice president, Edelman; and
William Zumeta, professor of educational leadership and policy studies, University of Washington, and co-author, The Cost-Effectiveness of Undergraduate Education at Private Nondoctoral Colleges and Universities.

Other highlights will include the annual CIC State Councils Awards Dinner on Monday, May 1, and a post-conference excursion to one of Seattle’s celebrated destinations. State Council executives, development officers, communications staff, grant and research directors, and others working to advance the work of individual State Councils are welcome to participate in the conference. The full program schedule and registration materials will be available online in early 2017.

For more information, contact Schuler at cschuler@cic.nche.edu or Vanessa Long, manager of State Council programs, at vlong@cic.nche.edu.